NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Sandy Hook students are getting ready for their first day back in school on Wednesday, more funerals are being planned and there will be yet another day of reckoning in this idyllic New England town where 20 first-graders and six women who tried to protect them no longer live.
"You see the little coffins and your heart has to ache," said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who went to the funeral of 6-year-old Noah Pozner in a black suit and black tie.
A few official updates from police trickled out -- there were two people who were presumed shot by 20-year-old Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary and survived, not the one woman police had indicated earlier. Newtown school officials said Sandy Hook students would return to school Wednesday in a borrowed space in next-door Monroe, and the governor of Connecticut signed a piece of paper to bypass the laws needed to make it happen.
Outside of Newtown, students returned to school behind locked doors and sometimes among extra police posted outside. Fears of a sound similar to gunshots at an East Haven school turned out to be fireworks. At another school in Ridgefield, someone said they spotted a suspicious man walking around with a rifle, which turned out to be an umbrella. Thousands of miles away in California, a person called a middle school and said, "You're next." Threats against schools proliferated across the country, and at least two students were arrested in
Meanwhile, a debate about the nation's gun laws, and its treatment of the mentally ill, was simmering on cable news channels and social media networks, egged on by promises to reinstate an assault weapons ban, and by President Obama's speech in a high school auditorium.
There, he said flatly that Newtown's teachers did what they could to protect their students, but the nation is failing to protect its children.
"We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies
After the shooting, the National Rifle Association -- often a flashpoint for the nation's gun rights controversies -- took down its Facebook page, which had recently lauded reaching 1.7 million "likes." It has made no comment since the massacre.
Anti-gun rights advocates, however, have. Politician after politician has taken to a podium or a Sunday morning news show to say that the massacre of 20 6- and 7-year-olds in a matter of minutes was the proverbial last straw.
On Monday, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg returned to a podium with victims of gun violence standing behind him. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the leader of a state that suffered its own devastating
"The laws we have now are fine," said The Hunter's Shop owner Thomas Imperati in Branford.
In the investigation of Friday's shooting, police steadfastly refused to describe many details about how Lanza allegedly carried out the shooting. He had several guns, used many bullets, and left hundreds unused.
Some wrenching details were described by unnamed law enforcement officers to the Hartford Courant newspaper: He passed up one classroom for unknown reasons, but slaughtered the children and teachers in the next room. The Associated Press reported Monday that six students in a second classroom were found in a neighbor's driveway after they apparently ran away during the shooting.
"We can't go back to school. Our teacher is dead," one of the children said, the neighbor told AP.
Seven others in the classroom were somehow able to hide in a closet, the Courant reported, and were found by police unharmed. Outside the closet, their teacher and six classmates were killed by multiple bullets from an assault rifle.
Also dead were the presumed shooter Adam Lanza, and his mother, Nancy Lanza, who was the first to be killed in Newtown on Friday morning. She was shot in the face four times while she slept. Adam Lanza shot himself in the head as police stormed the school.
They did not think either Lanza had any recent connection to the school, though Gov. Malloy said he was led to believe Lanza had once attended Sandy Hook. Law enforcement sources, friends of Nancy Lanza, and former classmates all said Lanza was disturbed in some way.
His father, Peter Lanza, who was divorced from Nancy Lanza in 2009, issued a statement of sorrow of Saturday: "We, too, are asking why."
His older brother, Ryan, 24, was taken away from his New Jersey home in handcuffs Friday, but was only questioned. Nancy and Peter Lanza's divorce papers reveal only the outlines of their life together: They were well-off -- Peter paid Nancy an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars a year in alimony. They shared custody of their then-teenage son, Adam, but he lived primarily in Newtown with his mother. Conversations with friends revealed a bit more: Peter and Nancy lived apart for 17 years before they divorced. Peter, who lives now in nearby Stamford, never lived in the Newtown house Nancy died in.
Gov. Malloy, who was the man who told a group of parents Friday morning that they would never see their kids again, also got behind the White House's Monday push for stricter gun controls. Other officials, the governor explained in tears Monday, did not want to tell the last parents waiting at a firehouse near the school that their children were dead because of "traditional investigative policies."
"I made the decision that to have that go on any longer was wrong, and I did it."
Among them, presumably, were the parents of 6-year-old Jack Pinto, who was mourned at exactly the same time as Noah Pozner Monday afternoon. Pinto's wrestling teammates chatted about video game strategy, and wondered what their friend might look like during the ceremony.
"He's going to look like he's sleeping," said one boy.
Susan Misur, Luther Turmelle, Mary Albl, Nikki Treleaven, Meg Learson Grosso, Frank Otto, Ebony Walmsley, Michelle Tuccitto Sullo, Chris Hopkins, Adrienne LaFrance, Phyllis Swebilius, Adam Poulisse and Jen Swift contributed to this report.